Southwest Florida Online - Sunday Morning News
From LaBelle, Florida for Hendry and Glades County and the Lake Okeechobee region. Don Browne, editor.
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Monday, December 31, 2012
2012 Home Sales In Hendry County Steady
12-2012 13 $49,000.00
11-2012 1 $33,000.00
10-2012 7 $64,000.00
09-2012 20 $67,000.00
08-2012 16 $100,000.00
07-2012 18 $74,000.00
06-2012 9 $57,000.00
05-2012 26 $63,000.00
04-2012 9 $168,000.00
03-2012 14 $60,000.00
02-2012 13 $74,000.00
01-2012 10 $114,000.00
Clewiston Home Sales (Date/Number of Sales/Average Price) :
12-2012 15 $80,000.00
11-2012 1 $38,000.00
10-2012 12 $57,000.00
09-2012 12 $53,000.00
08-2012 10 $81,000.00
07-2012 20 $58,000.00
06-2012 6 $49,000.00
05-2012 28 $58,000.00
04-2012 13 $60,000.00
03-2012 23 $41,000.00
02-2012 12 $78,000.00
01-2012 13 $55,000.00
Wanted: Paddling And Hiking Enthusiasts
LABELLE, FL. -- Learn about the Florida Wildlife Conservation paddling and hiking trails at a free public program at the next Florida Trail meeting at Fisheating Creek in Glades County.
Liz Sparks, FWC Recreational Planner, will a present program on the current and proposed hiking and paddling trails in Florida at the Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Sub-Chapter meeting on Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Glades County Historical Society’s Westergaard House located at 270 Avenue L, Moore Haven, FL.
12 Arrests In Hendry County Drug Sweep
The twelve arrests and two search warrants were part of an investigation that began in September 2012. The investigation targeted subjects involved in selling and distributing prescription narcotics. Most of the subjects were arrested and charged with multiple counts of sale, distribution, and trafficking prescription narcotics.
Deputies arrested 26 year old Javier Velasquez (photo above) of 205 W. Aztec, Clewiston, after they conducted a search warrant at his home. During the search deputies located both Xanax and Oxycodone and seized $3,888.00.
Velasquez was arrested on charges of Possession Narcotics without a Prescription, and Trafficking. Velasquez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $232,500.00 bond.
At the same time, deputies served a search warrant at the home of 20 year old Dustin Andrews, 1996 Strickland Road, Clewiston, Florida. Once inside the home, deputies located a revolver handgun with ammunition, 12 gauge shotgun, Bullet Proof Vest, and 2 police scanners.
Andrews was arrested on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Police Scanner during the Commission of a Felony, and Violation of Felony Probation.
Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators have conducted numerous undercover narcotics buys in Eastern Hendry County. As a direct result 10 other individuals were arrested on December 20, as members of the HCSO picked up individuals who have sold narcotics during the undercover operation.
Clifton Tony Nichols, 34 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Sell, Sale of Oxycodone within 1000’ of a Public Park and Trafficking. Nichols is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $290,000.00 bond
Margie Rose Ingram, 50 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Sale of Oxycodone within 1000’ of a Public Park, and Trafficking. Ingram is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $200,000.00 bond.
James McDonald Booth, 52 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Sale of Oxycodone, and Trafficking Hydrocodone. Booth is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $96,000.00 bond.
Brittany Danielle Cotton, 19 years of age was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell and Possession of a Controlled substance without a Prescription and Sale of Synthetic Narcotics. Cotton is currently being held on $120,000.00 bond.
Sabrina Diane Smith, 40 years of age, was arrested on charges of Sale of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell. Smith is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $37,500.00.
Jennifer Marie Loftis, 29 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of Synthetic Narcotics with Intent to Sell and Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Trafficking. Loftis is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $95,000.00 bond.
Shirley Nichols Cotton, 48 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance e with Intent to Sell, Sale of Synthetic Narcotic, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Trafficking. Cotton is currently being held on $185,000.00 bond.
Brenda Lee Hills, 47 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance w/o a Prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Sale of Oxycodone, Sale of Oxycodone within 1000’ of Place of Worship, Trafficking Oxycodone. Hill is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $215,000.00 bond.
Lisa Rose Ingram, 40 years of age, was arrested on charges of Sale of Synthetic Narcotics, Possession of Synthetic Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, and Trafficking. Ingram is being held in the Hendry County jail on $125,000.00.
Clara Lynice Dominguez, 48 years of age, was arrested on charges of Possession of Synthetic Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Trafficking. Dominguez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $65,000.00 bond.
Highest Ever Gas Prices This Year
Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 1.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Hot Button Stories Of 2012
LABELLE, FL. -- Readers of Southwest Florida Online in 2012 found these stories to be of the most interest this year. These most read articles covered widely ranging subjects from mattresses sales at high school athletic departments to how to avoid being taken by companies offering to buy time share vacation homes.
Time Share Resort owners and even people without time shares are being sent letters offering to get rid of maintenance fees. As it turns out the company wants a fee to 'help' the property owners. This story also garnered the most reader comments and discussion this year.
Google introduced it's new $249 laptop computer. Based on cloud computing, the new device makes it easy for everyone from beginner to advanced users to store data off the computer.
Could there have been life on Mars? NASA's Rover is exploring the planet in search of life.
How to break the sound barrier by parachuting out of a balloon high above the earth. An Austrian man skydives from miles above the earth while cameras roll to document the world record feat.
High School athletic departments around the county selling mattresses to make money. Are the school mattress sales a good deal? This article describes what you are getting for your money and where you should get your bedding.
*Southwest Florida Online has published 3,205 stories. Readers have made 3,231 comments accompanying the articles.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Norman Schwarzkopf Dead At 78
Schwarzkopf reportedly died due to complications from pneumonia.
He retired from active service in August 1991, and shortly thereafter wrote an autobiography. In retirement, Schwarzkopf served as a military analyst for NBC, and began promoting prostate cancer awareness, a disease with which he was diagnosed in 1993, and for which he was successfully treated.
His father, H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. served in the US Army before becoming the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, where he worked as a lead investigator on the 1932 Lindbergh baby kidnapping case before returning to an Army career and rising to the rank of Major General.
In January 1952, Schwarzkopf's birth certificate was amended to make his name "H. Norman Schwarzkopf". This was done as an act of revenge against the upper class cadets at West Point because his father hated his own first name "Herbert."
Schwarzkopf, Jr. was a member of Mensa.
He is survived by wife Brenda and children Cynthia Schwarzkopf of Lithia, Florida, Jessica Schwarzkopf, and Christian Schwarzkopf.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Survivors include his daughter: Vicky Lynn Cockram of LaBelle, parents: Norman C. Bryant, Sr. and Jacquelyn S. (O'Banion) Bryant of Cherokee, AL, brothers: Anthony H. Bryant of Florence, AL and Daniel J. Bryant of Fort Lauderdale, sister: Jennifer Gail Griffey of Florence, AL and three grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, December 28, 2012, 4:00 p.m. at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle with Rev. Ashley Butler officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Denaud Cemetery.
Dock Strike May Be Knock Out Punch For Florida Economy
Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott held a press conference call with Florida port leaders to discuss the importance of Florida’s ports during the ongoing negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) regarding their contract, which is set to expire Saturday, December 29th.
Scott said, " If a strike or a lockout occurs at that time, Florida’s largest ports could be shut down, sending shock waves through jobs all across our state – including truck driver jobs, manufacturing jobs, warehousing jobs – and many jobs beyond the ports themselves. A shut down of Florida ports is simply not an option for Florida families."
Former President Bush invoked the Taft-Hartly Act in 2002 to end a shutdown on the West Coast that disrupted supply chains nationwide and cost an estimated $1 billion a day. Florida port leaders think that a strike would be even worse than the West Coast strike of 2002 with more than $1 billion a day not going into the Florida economy.
Cargo-related activity at Florida seaports currently generates more than 550,000 direct and indirect jobs in Florida, and contributes approximately $66 billion in economic value to the economy.
The participants at the press meeting included Governor Rick Scott, Bill Johnson, Port Director for Port Miami and Chairman of the Florida Ports Council Doug Wheeler, President for the Florida Ports Council Chris Kauffmann, COO of JAXPORT Steve Cernak, Port Director for Port Everglades Paul Anderson, Port Director for Port of Tampa Stan Payne, Port Director for Port Canaveral Manny Almira, Port Director for Port of Palm Beach Carlos Buqueras, Port Director for Port Manatee.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Christmas Crash Kills Man
The vehicle occupants were Edgar Renata, 19 of Lehigh Acres, FL who was pronounced deceased on scene and occupant two was Ivan Zapata-Cruz, 19, of Immokalee, FL, who sustained serious injuries and was transported to Naples Community Hospital.
Update: On December 27 the FHP identified the driver as Edgar Renata. A blood alcohol test is pending. His passenger was Ivan Zapata Cruz.
Christmas For The Birds
CLEWISTON, FL. -- The South Florida Water Management District is joining with the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society once again as the group conducts its portion of the 113th Christmas Bird Count in Stormwater Treatment Area 5 in Hendry County beginning at 7 a.m. December 29th.
Data collected during the annual bird counts—which span North America and beyond—are critical to studies of the long-term health and status of bird populations, according to Audubon. The STAs, managed by the SFWMD, attract large numbers of birds and also provide the public with a variety of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, biking and excellent bird watching.
Contact: Margaret England, Hendry-Glades Audubon Society, (863) 517-0202, email@example.com
He was born Mar. 4, 1949 in Metter, GA, to the late James Marvin and the late Elnora (Edenfield) NeSmith. Melvin retired from the Navy.
He is survived by his wife: Irita Dale (Williams) NeSmith, son: Christopher Brian NeSmith and daughter: Dawn Marie Ganoe, two brothers: Bobby Ray NeSmith, Tony Lee NeSmith and one sister: Margie Faye Bateman, grandchildren, Jacob Taylor Ganoe and Sydney Grace Ganoe
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm at Community Harvest Worship Center, LaBelle with Pastor L. W. Howard officiating. Interment will be Thursday, December 27, 2012 in Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Clewiston Infant Run Over By Relative
Monday, December 24, 2012
Most Expensive Christmas Ever For Driving
Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 2.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 11.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 19.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 1.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"With just hours to go before Christmas, it appears that the national average may set a new all-time record high, barely edging out 2011 as the most expensive average for gasoline on Christmas Day," said analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The bad news likely won't stop there- gasoline prices in six out of the last seven years have increased between Christmas Day and January 15 of the following year. If the national average rises to at least $3.26/gal before New Years Day it will mark the highest start for gas prices ever on the first day of the year," DeHaan said.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Six Month Old Child Of LaBelle Couple Dies
Survivors include: Armando and Esmeralda Cavazos, brother: Armando Cavazos, IV, sister: Nevaeh Leigh Cavazos, maternal grandmother: Teresa Pequeno, maternal grandfather: David Pequeno, Sr., paternal Grandfather: Armando Cavazos, Sr; paternal Grandmother: Elisa Cavazos, and several other family members.
Funeral Service was held Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:00 am at Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle with Dr. Les Morgan officiating. Interment was in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation was Monday from 6-8 p.m. in Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.
Armando and Esmeralda would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the prayers, concern, love, thoughts and cards that they have received during Joey's short life. They are greatly appreciated.
Joe Thomas Re-Elected Party Chairman
LABELLE, FL. -- Joe Thomas (standing) was re-elected chairman of the Hendry County Democrats at the local party's organizational meeting held at LaBelle City Hall on December 20.
LaBelle Resident Dies At 100 Years Old
She was born Jan. 13, 1912 in Mill Town, GA, to the late Charles James and the late Emma Caroline (Patten) Wheeler.
Survivors include her son: Michael J. (Sherry) Elliott of LaBelle, Jess P. (Sharon) Elliott of Atlanta, GA, grandchildren, Joseph (Mette) Elliott; Susan (Michael) Lilley of LaBelle, Merry Lynne(Kent) Mathis of Jacksonville, Jennifer Evans and Mandy (Tom) Bird, great-grandchildren, Jared Mathis; Micah Mathis, Brandon Mathis and Lindsey Bird and nieces & nephews,
A graveside funeral service will be held Wed. December 26, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at Port Mayaca Cemetery, Canal Point with Rev. Joe Wallace officiating. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013, 2:00 pm at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle with Rev. John Bennett officiating.
Friday, December 21, 2012
NRA Demands Armed Guards In All Schools
Defiant National Rifle Association Blames Games, Wants Armed School Guards
At it's first press conference since last Friday's Connecticut school shootings, the NRA presented it's plan to put armed security guards at all U.S. schools and said the organization would fund a "National School Shield Program" headed by former Congressman Asa Hutchinson.
Critics have called the NRA plan "delusional."
NRA's Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre said today, among other things, he wants compiled a national database of the mentally ill.
"The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment?"
LaPierre went on to say the media was hiding facts about causes of gun violence. "And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting
shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.
"Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn't or didn't want anyone to know you had found it?"
In the wake of calls for bans on sales of assault weapons and ammunition magazines capable of holding dozens of bullets, he called legislative "gun bans" a huge failure and said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away ... or a minute away?"
Critics, including teacher's associations point out that about two-thirds of U.S. schools already have armed security and the presence of a deputy sheriff on duty at Columbine High School did not prevent the massacre at that facility.
Sex Offender Monitoring Problematic In Florida
Bo The White House Dog Christmas Tour
Christmas At The White House Through Dog's Eyes
In case you have seen it yet (over 2,000,000 have seen it!), here's a cute video tour of some of the decorations in various rooms at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Bo makes a final inspection of the 2012 White House Christmas decorations before 90,000 visitors come through the doors of the People's House this holiday season.
Find out more about the 2012 White House Holiday celebrations, including the special tributes to troops, veterans and military families at http://whitehouse.gov/holidays
President Responds To Gun Violence
A Message From The President On Gun Legislation
"In the days since the tragedy in Newtown, Americans from all over the country have called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence, and hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions on whitehouse.gov's 'We the People' platform.
Apocalypse Now At 11:11 A.M.?
World Ending For Mayan Calendar Makers?
LABELLE, FL. -- The world is scheduled to end today at 11:11 a.m. ET according to some. But not likely says NASA and most people have not succumbed to the theory that the ancient Mayan people predict the world's final day happening on the the first day on winter in the northern hemisphere.
We do wonder though, just what Mayan calendar makers will do after today. And also, should we expect shopping malls to be crowded tomorrow with Mayans making a mad rush to do their Christmas shopping?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Watch For New Bird Signs In Florida
The signs direct traffic to 113 new birding and wildlife viewing sites from Sarasota and Stuart south to Key West, joining hundreds of other GFBWT locations throughout the state. Not only do these signs, bearing the swallow-tailed kite logo, designate ideal locations for birding and wildlife viewing adventures, they are also a symbol of positive economic impact.
A recent study about birding in Florida indicated the trail’s road signs play an important role in visitors’ travel decisions. Of 1,652 participants, 65 percent had seen a GFBWT road sign, prompting a later visit (81 percent indeed visited later).
Birding and wildlife viewing are important to Florida’s economy, and the GFBWT program is an integral component of Florida’s nature-based tourism industry. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data, wildlife viewing generates more than $5 billion in Florida and supports 51,000 jobs. A recent statewide survey by Responsive Management showed that wildlife viewing is the second most popular outdoor recreation activity in the state (behind going to the beach) for visitors and residents.
The FWC installed the trail signage with a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and support from the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Dozens of federal, state and local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private landowners also supported the effort.
In addition to signs, the FWC has produced guide booklets that contain site descriptions, directions and maps showcasing birding and wildlife watching opportunities throughout Florida. Wildlife enthusiasts can download or order the GFBWT guidebooks at FloridaBirdingTrail.com and WildlifeFoundationofFlorida.com.
Need further help planning an adventure? Use the Trip-Planning Wizard on the GFBWT website or download the free mobile application “Nature Viewing Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail” at iTunes.com and Play.Google.com. A series of city and regional guides called “Ready, Set, Go … Wild” is also under way; the Orlando guide is now available.
World's Fastest Vehicle Prepares For Launch
Tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve. On his sleigh, arguably the fastest airborne vehicle in the world, Santa whips from city to city delivering presents to millions of homes.
Port LaBelle Road Closing
LABELLE, FL – Work is underway to expand five miles of SR 80 to four lanes from Birchwood Parkway to Dalton Lane. The week of January 7, 2012, Birchwood Parkway will be closed on the south side of SR 80 while crews install drainage pipes across the parkway.
This work is expected to take five (5) days. Motorists may use Collingswood Parkway and Cedarwood Parkway to access SR 80.
Birchwood Parkway on the north side of SR 80 is open to traffic.
Ten Commandments - Genesis Fragments Online
2,000 Year Old Bible Manuscripts Online Include Genesis And Ten Commandments
On Tuesday, the Israel Antiquities Authority launched the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, an online collection of some 5,000 images of scroll fragments, at a quality never seen before.
The texts include one of the earliest known copies of the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments; part of Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis, which describes the creation of the world; and hundreds more 2,000-year-old texts, shedding light on the time when Jesus lived and preached, and on the history of Judaism.
Internet users and scholars can discover and decipher details invisible to the naked eye, at 1215 dpi resolution. The site displays infrared and color images that are equal in quality to the Scrolls themselves. There’s a database containing information for about 900 of the manuscripts, as well as interactive content pages.
Google partnered with the Israel Antiquities Authority as part of ongoing work to bring important cultural and historical materials online, to make them accessible and help preserve them for future generations.
A little over a year ago, Google helped put five manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls online. The ancient documents include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence. Written more than 2,000 years ago on pieces of parchment and papyrus, they were preserved by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves in which they were hidden.
The Scrolls are possibly the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
Photo: Part of the Book of Genesis. Photo by Shai Halevi, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Kid's Christmas At LaBelle Church
The LaBelle Assembly of God is located at 123 Fraser Avenue across from the Edward A. Upthegrove Elementary School. Everyone is welcome to attend this heart warming presentation. For more information call 675-0900.
New Year Starts Off With Pelletier Talk
LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Property Appraiser Phillip Pelletier will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, January 3, program meeting of LaBelle Heritage Museum at LaBelle City Hall, 481 W Hickpochee Avenue, starting at 7 p.m.
LaBelle Heritage Museum at 360 North Bridge Street will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day but will open for its regular hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday both Christmas week and New Year's week.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Christmas Dinners Courtesy American Legion
LABELLE, FL. -- The American Legion will be delivering Christmas Dinners to LaBelle homes on Christmas Day.
The dinners are delivered without cost and will be delivered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to anyone who may be home alone for the holiday.
Give your name, address, phone Number, and the number of meals needed for a home cooked dinner of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, fresh garden salad and dessert. Call the American Legion at 863-675-8300 or Nikki at 239-564-2005
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Shoplifters Targeted In Clewiston
CLEWISTON, FL. -- Clewiston Police Chief Don Gutshall reports this week that police are running steadily to shoplifting calls. He says arrests overall are extraordinarily high this week, and shoplifting accounts for roughly half of them.
There are also a few calls for loitering and prowling and Gutshall says "These are good arrests, and who knows what they prevent."
The Police Department will focus on traffic infractions and they will be a priority during the holiday season as DUI’s tend to peak during this time of year, and the department wants to prevent any tragedy from occurring.
This week's activity:
1332 Commercial / Residential Security Checks
527 Complaints Investigated
28 Criminal Arrests
46 Traffic Citations
55 Red Light Camera Offenses
83 Merchant Escorts
18 Alarms Responded To
2 Traffic Accidents Investigated
Saturday, December 15, 2012
How Adam Lanza Lived - An Ultimate Recluse?
20-year old Adam Peter Lanza was born April 22, 1992, five years after his older brother Ryan. Adam, an honor student when in high school has been described as the ultimate recluse, dressed goth and was very slim in build.
Photo: Lanza family home in Newtown
His father, Peter John Lanza married Nancy J. Lanza in 1981 in Kingston, New Hampshire. Peter had a degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts and later earned a Master's degree in taxation.
The Lanzas divorced in 2008 when he worked for General Electric. Nancy received alimony of $240,000 a year increasing yearly until 2015. Peter re-married a University librarian and lives now in Stamford, Connecticut and works for GE Energy Financial Services as tax director.
In February 2011, Peter gave a quitclaim deed to his wife for their home at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown, Ct. The 1998 3,104 square foot home on two acres is appraised by the town at $707,000.
Nancy has been reported as an elementary teacher at the school where Adam made a forced entry and then killed 26 children and school staff. Each child was shot numerous times. But, Lt. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, said Saturday afternoon there was no connection between the alleged shooter's mother and her son to the school. She was shot in the face at their home apparently by a weapon registered in her name.
Adam's grandmother lives in Brooksville, Florida and would not comment when a reporter contacted her.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Gunman Dead In School Shooting - 27 Dead
Update at 5:10 p.m. Friday
NEWTOWN, CT. -- Latest official reports say 26 victims were shot dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. and one adult at another location in the town. The total dead includes 20 children at the kindergarten through 4th grade school and six adult staff at the school. 18 children were killed at the school, and two died at the hospital.
The shootings took place at one particular section of the school, which is not being disclosed by officials in two different rooms. It is speculated one room was the kindergarten classroom where the shooter's mother taught, and the other the principal's office.
The school is just off Interstate 84 in Newtown, a Fairfield county town with a population of 28,000 northwest of New Haven, Connecticut.
Original reports from the local Danbury hospital said only three adults had been admitted to the hospital, although when asked about reports of dozens of injured or dead, the official said he didn't know anything about that.
At 1:43 p.m. a State Police spokesperson admitted there were "several fatalities" including children and school staff.
There is some confusion as to the identity of the shooter. Although the "perpetrator" was said to be dead along with an associate of his, according to a statement by the Governor. There is speculation the shooter was one of two sons of a school kindergarten teacher, and that possibly the shooter was carrying the brother's ID.
Originally reported was Ryan Lanza, as the 24-year old male gunman from Hoboken, N.J., reportedly dressed all in black fatigues and his body still at the scene. He reportedly had ties to the local community. A rifle has been reported to have been used. It is unknown how he died. Two 9 mm handguns were found at the school said early reports.
Later a younger brother, Adam Lanza was reported as possibly the shooter, and that Ryan was being held for questioning. He was later confirmed as the shooter and that he committed suicide after killing the children and school staff.
Two Hoboken roommates of Ryan Lanza were questioned by New Jersey investigators but are believed to be not involved.
Another Lanza family member, reportedly has been found dead at another location.
A 911 call was received about shots being fired at the school at 9:41 a.m. A reverse 911 call went out to parents about the emergency and parents started streaming to the area to pick up their children.
The local school system said the lock down at all six other area public schools was discontinued this morning and all children were to be transported home on their regular bus routes.
The city's website and the county school district websites were unavailable.
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23 Tons Of Gravel Stops Traffic For Hours
Truck Spills Load - Stops Traffic For Three Hours
MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Jesus Betancourt, 50 of Miami stopped traffic on US27 in Glades county when his commercial motor vehicle loaded with approximately 23 tons of gravel overturned Wednesday morning about 6 a.m.
Betancourt was traveling north on U.S. 27 (SR 25) in the inside lane and swerved left to avoid a phantom vehicle attempting to change lanes. His vehicle entered the grass median as he lost control of the vehicle.
He then attempted to reenter the roadway and over steered left in an attempt to regain control. The trailer jackknifed and overturned onto its left side coming to final rest in the grass median, facing west.
The northbound inside lane was closed for three hours due to the trailer dumping its load.
She was born Jan. 12, 1988 in West Palm Beach, FL, to Christopher Harlan and Valerie Anne (Watson) Shupe.
She is survived by her husband: Nicholas B. Wingate, son: Barrett Wingate, daughter: Kristy Wingate, father: Christopher Harlan Shupe, mother: Valerie Anne Shupe, sisters: Ansley Cockram, Abbey Shupe ,grandmothers, Barbara Shupe and Dottie Watson; Uncles, Justin Shupe and Marshall Shupe; mother-in-law: Cindy Wingate; father-in-law: Earl Wingate; brother in-law, Eric Wingate; grandmother-in-law: Grace Stephens.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Clewiston, with Dr. Todd Buck and Woodie Salvatore officiating. Interment was in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Oldest Church Features Musical By Pastor's Wife
Teens Found In Murder-Suicide
Deleon's Facebook page says he's "married" to Nati Trejo and shows a dateline saying he was married November 25, 2012. Another entry show a relationship noted "married since December 15, 2011" with Trejo's picture.
The investigation is ongoing and details will be released as they become available, said the Sheriff's Department.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Born Aug. 6, 1924 in Carey, OH, to Harold Houk and Harriet (Allmendinger) Houk. Preceding her in death was her husband, C.A. (Bud) Yeoman and sister, Barbara (Houk) Henry.
She is survived by two children, son, David Yeoman, wife Daria, Daughter, Nancy (Yeoman) Rose, husband Chris, grandchildren are Jennifer and Matthew Rose.
In 1942 she graduated from Carey High School, she went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Education from Ohio State University. While at OSU she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She substituted and later taught 5th grade at Carey Elementary School for 12 years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Carey and later the Faith Lutheran Church of Lehigh Acres.
After their retirement Bud and she traveled extensively throughout the United States. She enjoyed outings with Red Hat Society, Woman's Club of Lehigh Acres and senior citizens groups. She also enjoyed musical theater with family and friends. During her life she loved her pets, especially her Scotty, Max.
A memorial service will be held in Carey, OH to be announced at a later date. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Shooter Dead In Portland Mall
PORTLAND, OR. -- Panic arose at a Portland shopping mall in Clackamas County, Orgeon Tuesday. The Sheriff's office says a shooter was "neutralized" at the Clackamas Town Center Mall Tuesday afternoon.
Two shoppers are dead, and one critically injured along with the alleged shooter, Jacob Roberts, 22 who is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shootings occurred about 6:30 p.m. ET or 3:30 p.m. P.T.
Roberts was wearing a white mask and bullet proof vest and carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon that apparently jammed at one point while he was in the mall food court.
About 100 Sheriff's deputies were in the mall searching for victims Tuesday and removing shoppers and store employees from the mall. As of 8:55 p.m. ET all stores had been cleared by Sheriff's personnel.
A local high school, located about a mile from the mall had let out students an hour before the shooting. The FBI arrived on scene at the 185-store mall along with Portland police and other area law enforcement agencies.
The shooter died from self-inflicted wounds, said Sheriff's officials. No shots were fired by law enforcement. Store employees and customers hid throughout the incident in back rooms of stores and in restrooms.
The Sheriff's office at a Tuesday night 9:30 p.m. ET news conference were not releasing many details due to the pending investigation, the Public Information Officer saying repeatedly "I can't give out that information" or "I don't know."
Live Portland Links:
Clackamas County Sheriff Radio Live
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Leg Irons, Fires, Unexplained Deaths At Florida School
The FDLE report showed:
· Twenty four of the individuals died as a result of illness or accident. Of the 24, eight students and two staff members were killed in a dormitory fire in 1914. Twelve students perished as a result of influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or other medical conditions. Two students died of accidental deaths: one drowned and another fell from a mule and ruptured a lung.
· In 1944, one student was murdered by four other students who were planning an escape. Accounts indicate the victim was killed because of his knowledge of the escape plans. The four involved were charged in the death.
· In September 1940, an individual ran away from the school and was later found deceased four months later under a Marianna residence. Records reflect a coroner’s inquest but determination of death could not be made due to decomposition.
· Five individuals, all of whom were buried from 1919 – 1925, had no listed cause of death. The only notation found in records indicated that they were buried in the cemetery.
In addition to identifying the 31 individuals buried at the cemetery, the investigation documented 50 student deaths that occurred from 1911 to the last known death at the school in 1973. These deaths were mostly accidental or illness-related and their circumstances are documented in school records and death certificates.
The investigation found no evidence that the school or the staff caused, or contributed to, any of these deaths. The investigation found no evidence that the school or its staff made any attempts to conceal the deaths of any students at the school. In all cases, the deceased were accounted for in official records.
In conducting the investigation, FDLE interviewed former students and staff and reviewed records from school ledgers, student record books, the school’s newspaper (The Yellow Jacket), local and national newspapers, the Florida Department of State Library and Archives and the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Vital Statistics. The Department of Juvenile Justice cooperated fully in the investigation and provided FDLE with access to all available records, files and documentation.
FDLE’s investigation also found that during the time the graves were placed (1914 – 1952), the school was owned or operated by the Governor Appointed Commissioners and the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions.
Ex-Cop 'Vigilante" Murderer To Be Executed Tonight
The electric chair will be unbolted from the floor in the execution chamber and moved outside when the chamber is used for lethal injection. The electrical apparatus used with the electric chair will remain unchanged.
When death by injection option was allowed by the state, the Department of Corrections spent $42,142 to prepare the death chamber. The gurney cost $2,400 plus $1,135 in accessories, and three electronic heart monitors cost $26,166.
The doorway leading into the execution chamber was modified to accommodate a gurney and an area near the death chamber was converted into a lethal injection preparation room.
He will be put to death by an executioner, a private citizen paid $150 who is allowed to keep his or her identity anonymous.
Survivors include his wife: Ona (Arnold) Hendry, son: Ray (Denise) Hendry of Palmdale, daughter: Diane (Ronnie) Carlton of Zolfo Springs, brother: Olsie (Audrey) Hendry of Lehigh Acres, sisters: Mollie Lanier of Palmdale, Loraine Shewmaker of TX, grandchildren: Will Hendry, Charles Hendry, Amanda Willis, Samantha Hendry, J.R. Hendry and Guy Carlton; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 8, 2012, 11:00 am at Palmdale Baptist Church, Palmdale with Brother Paul Dixon officiating. Interment followed in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Visitation was held an hour prior to service at Palmdale Baptist Church.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Teen Mutilation Secrets - Cutting More Common In Girls
“Emma’s” mom first noticed the cuts when “Emma” was doing the dishes one night. “Emma” told her mom that their cat had scratched her. Her mom seemed surprised that the cat had been so rough, but she didn’t think much more about it.
“Emma’s” friends had noticed something strange as well. Even when the weather was hot, “Emma” wore long-sleeved shirts. She had become secretive, too, like something was bothering her. But “Emma” couldn’t seem to find the words to tell her mom or her friends that the marks on her arms were from something she had done.
“Anna” was wearing long sleeves under her soccer jersey again. She told her friend she was concerned about getting to much sun. But when “Anna” raised her arm, her friend noticed fresh cuts on her forearm. When “Anna” saw that her friend was looking at them, she said something about ‘losing a fight with her mother’s rose bushes’.
Cutting, also known as Self-Injury or self-mutilation is a very common problem and many people are struggling to deal with it. Cutting is a way of expressing and dealing with deep distress and emotional pain. SI or SM can take on a variety of forms, from actual cutting of the skin with sharp objects to burning themselves, punching themselves, or banging their heads against the wall. Cutting has been popping up more in movies, music and other areas of pop culture.
Since cutting is generally done in private, no one really knows how widespread it is, however, the majority, but not all are female teens. Accurate information about rates and trends of self-harm are difficult to obtain since the majority of people who engage in self-harm conceal their injuries and may never come into contact with medical or other services as a result of their self-harming behaviors.
· Nonsuicidal self-injurious behavior usually occurs at age 13 or 14. Adults self-injure as well, but the behavior typically started at some point in childhood or adolescence.
· Self-injury is the act of deliberately destroying body tissue, at times to change a way of feeling.
In Hendry County Next Week:
Hendry County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with LaBelle High School is hosting a very important one night event on Suicide Prevention and Self-Injury Awareness presented by C.A.R.E.S. Parents, students, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend to gain a better understanding of this rising epidemic. Self-injury is a cry for help. Kids engaging in these behaviors desperately need parents to provide understanding and a willingness to listen.
Please join us at the LaBelle High School Auditorium on December 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm to have a better understanding of self-harm among young people - why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to recover from what can become a very destructive cycle.
C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness in Recognizing & Educating on Suicide) is an organization focusing on suicide prevention and awareness through education and advocacy. Participants will gain an understanding of suicide prevention and of self-injury and the steps to take in addressing self-injurious behavior in adolescents and young adults.
Guest Speakers are Sasha Navas, MSW, Barry University, Virginia Cervasio, Executive Director of C.A.R.E.S., and Dr. Geraldine Nobles of LaBelle.
Photo credit: Hendrike
Fried Chicken Burglary Suspect Caught With Frozen Meat
CLEWISTON, FL. -- On Thursday, December 6, 2012 in the early morning hours, Deputies in the Clewiston area were notified of a possible burglary in progress at the Dixie Fried Chicken located at 728 E. Sugarland Highway, Clewiston, Florida.
A Hendry County Deputy witnessed two individuals, one later identified as 24 year old Douglas Scott Shelton acting suspiciously in the area of the restaurant. A few moments later, the deputy witnessed Shelton exiting the rear of the restaurant with what appeared to be a black plastic bag. Shelton was immediately taken into custody.
Deputies recovered a black plastic bag with several pounds of frozen meat inside.
Shelton was arrested on charges of Burglary, Grand Theft, Criminal Mischief and Loitering and Prowling. Shelton is currently in the Hendry County Jail on $32,500.00.
Hendry County Office Holiday Closings
LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, 2012.
But note that the County Building Department in Clewiston will be closed on Dec. 31st.
The Clerk’s office and the Court Administration offices will be open regular business hours on December 26, 27 and 28.
All County offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in observance of the New Year holiday.
Gas Prices Five Cents Higher Than Last Year
Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 2.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 12.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"The national average has continued to see a steady decline over the last week, and that trend will likely continue through this week at the very least," said Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Last week, the Energy Information Administration reported one of the largest single week increases in gasoline inventories in my recent memory, which will likely contribute downward pressure to wholesale gasoline prices in the days and perhaps weeks ahead," DeHaan said.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
AARP Gets Into Dating Game For Seniors
For Americans age 50+ looking to get back into the dating scene, AARP has launched an online dating service. This new service, says AARP, "gives older adults a chance to date in a way that resonates with what they know: going out on dates."
“More and more 50+ singles are using Internet dating sites and we want to provide a comfortable environment for them to get out and take a chance on love again or go on fun dates,” said Myrna Blyth, editorial director of AARP’s media division.
The AARP Dating site can be accessed at dating.aarp.org and gives visitors a 7-day free trial.
In addition to the various articles, tips and resources available to users they can also get advice from dating experts Ken Solin and Nancy Kelton from a “he said, she said” point of view. Both will contribute regular articles to the AARP Dating channel and interact with members of AARP’s online singles community.
Various studies have found that older adults are the fastest growing segment of online-dating services and the results from a new AARP online dating survey of adults age 50+ show that older Americans are not only open to dating online, but they’re looking for a serious relationship (48%) and friendship/companionship (26%); 14% of respondents say they are using online dating for casual dating.
AARP conducted an online survey of 1,000 single adults age 50+ over a five day period in October 2012 to gauge their views on dating and see what’s driving them to or away from online dating. The following are results from this survey:
The top three reasons why people over 50 have tried an online dating site are:
- They are able to meet a broader range of people (23%)
- There is no pressure/they don’t have to reply or talk to people they don’t want to (20%)
- A friend recommended it (14%)
Of note, women are significantly more likely to try online dating based on a recommendation from a friend as compared to men (18% vs. 9%); and men say they ‘don’t have time to go out and meet people the traditional way’ as one of the top three reasons why they use online dating sites (14%) versus a friend recommended it (9%). Additionally, significantly more men (12%) try it because it seemed like it would be fun as compared to women (7%).
- Those age 50-59 are looking for a serious relationship compared to those age 60-69 (53% vs. 43%).
- Those 60-69 want friendship/companionship versus those 50-59 (34% vs. 20%).
The survey also found that men are significantly more likely to say that online dating does not fit their lifestyle compared to women (27% vs. 13%), and women are significantly more likely to say it is too risky to talk to strangers online compared to men (16% vs. 7%).
The complete survey results can be found online at http://www.aarp.org/home-family/dating/info-12-2012/online-dating-sites-survey.html.
Police SUV Spins-Crashes On Wet Road
A 2002 Ford F-150 was traveling west on SR-80 just east of Lexington Pkwy about 5:31 p.m. while a 2007 Dodge Durango Clewiston Police vehicle was traveling east on State Road 80 just east of Lexington Pkwy, approaching the truck.
The Durango driven by 25-year old Joseph Wynne Hicks of Fort Myers drove through standing water that was on the roadway and lost control spinning counter clockwise into the westbound lanes. The driver of the truck, 22-year old Danielle Routen of Cape Coral braked and steered to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision but to no success.
The final resting place of the truck was on the westbound lane and the northbound shoulder against the guardrail facing northwest. The final rest of the SUV was in the westbound lane and northbound shoulder facing southeast.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Southwest Clewiston Hit By Burglaries
Shooting, Drugs And Burglaries Top Week's News
Clewiston Police Officers arrested a suspect for involvement in a shooting which occurred last week. No one was injured in the initial incident.
The Chief said Patrol Officers made a very good drug arrest over the weekend. About a third of a pound of marijuana, and a vehicle were confiscated.
Clewiston Animal Control is spending some extra time in the Northwest section of town. The city has received complaints of an increase of animals at large over there.
Following is a brief synopsis of the week’s activity:
955 Commercial / Residential Security Checks
511 Complaints Investigated
30 Traffic Citations
66 Red Light Camera Violations
16 Criminal Arrests
68 Merchant Escorts
12 Alarms Responded To
3 Traffic Accidents Investigated
Friday, December 07, 2012
Drug Stings Net 349,304 Lbs Marijuana And More
MIAMI, FL. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of “Project Below the Beltway”, a two-year series of investigations targeting Mexican drug cartels and violent street gangs as part of on-going initiative against the drug distribution network in America.
Investigations in 79 U. S. cities and several cities within Central America, Europe, Mexico, and South America have resulted in 3,780 arrests, the seizure of 6,100 kilograms of cocaine, 10,284 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,619 pounds of heroin, 349,304 pounds of marijuana, $148 million dollars in U.S. currency, and $38 million dollars in other assets seized.
The series of federal, state, and local investigations began in May 2010 and culminated yesterday.
In addition to the federal investigations, "Project Below the Beltway" also consisted of numerous state and local investigations that targeted the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels from Mexico and associated drug trafficking organizations around the world and in the U.S.
The DEA Special Operations Division (SOD) coordinated Project Below The Beltway and the efforts of the DEA, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Customs and Border Protection, United States Marshals Service, the Office of Foreign Asset Control, and numerous state and local law enforcement entities.
Zimmerman Sues NBC For Deception And Exploitation
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- George Zimmerman, accused of the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida last year, has filed a lawsuit against NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Mark O’Mara joins James Beasley of The Beasley Firm as co-counsel in this civil lawsuit.
Zimmerman's attorney O'Mara has been publishing online all the court filings in the case in defense of his client. Along with attorney Beasley, they claim NBC unfairly edited a 911 call the night of Martin's death, unfairly depicting their client as a racist.
Zimmerman is claiming self-defense in the rainy night incident in Sanford, Florida
The two attorneys say the release of the court documents is "necessary to counter the avalanche of negative publicity -- and as the George Zimmerman v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC. complaint alleges – including deceptive and exploitative journalism that has defamed the character of George Zimmerman."
A legal complaint was filed Thursday against NBCUniversal Media, LLC and three individuals who were employed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Inc. during the time relevant to the complaint: Ron Allen, Lilia Rodriguez Luciano, and Jeff Burnside.
The 24-page complaint alleges “NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”
The complaint, filed in Seminole County, demands a trial by jury, and demands damages sufficient to invoke the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. The city of Sanford, where the incident occurred is located in Seminole county, a few miles south of Orlando.
Driver Critical After Crash - Airlifted To Hospital
LABELLE, FL. -- The driver of a 2004 Ford F-150 truck was in critical condition Thursday morning after a crash in LaBelle, Florida.
The truck began to rotate clockwise as it traveled across the residential driveway located at 383 Old County Road 78 and struck a tree with its left rear portion and rotated counter-clockwise continued traveling in a southeasterly direction.
It then struck a chain linked fence with its front portion and came to final rest in the parking lot of the Hendry County Boat Dock located at 363 CR 78 facing southeast.
The driver was ejected due to being unrestrained within the vehicle and was transported by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.